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Gold King Mine Contractors Can Seek Immunity From Blowout Suits

June 1, 2022, 7:30 PM

Environmental Restoration LLC and Weston Solutions Inc. can move forward with their attempt to escape lawsuits brought by New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, and individuals seeking to hold them liable for damages from the Gold King Mine blowout, a federal judge in the state ruled.

The companies were Environmental Protection Agency contractors at the mine, and they argue they should be immune from liability as government contractors. The blowout happened in 2015 as the EPA was investigating the site, and millions of gallons of contaminated water were released.

New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, and other plaintiffs told the US District ...